Italian PM Conte set to resign as government left without majority

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to resign on Tuesday in an escalation of the political instability that has broken out as the country battles both the Covid-19 pandemic and a brutal recession.

Mr Conte will see his ministers on Tuesday morning to inform them of his decision to resign, and will then meet Italian president Sergio Mattarella, according to a government spokesman. 

Last week Mr Conte narrowly survived a vote of confidence in Italy’s upper house but his coalition government was left without a majority, meaning it would struggle to pass any meaningful legislation at a time of national crisis.

Mr Conte’s expected resignation will leave Mr Mattarella with the option of asking him to try to form a new government with a majority, seeking a new prime minister to do this or, in the absence of any other options, possibly calling early general elections.

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